Bill Text: GA HR551 | 2011-2012 | Regular Session | Introduced
Georgia House Resolution 551 (Prior Session Legislation)
Bill Title: Clergy Day; March 14, 2011; recognize and invite clergy to House [Track Bill]
Status: 2011-03-14 - House Passed/Adopted [HR551 Detail]
11 LC 94 4519
House Resolution 551
By: Representatives Jackson of the 142nd, Epps of the 140th, Williams of the 165th, Mitchell of the 88th, Talton of the 145th, and others
Commending the contributions of members of the clergy in Georgia, recognizing March 14, 2011, as the tenth annual Clergy Day at the Georgia State Capitol, and inviting members of the clergy to be recognized by the House of Representatives; and for other purposes.
WHEREAS, the Faith and Clergy Commission was formed on March 1, 2010, with the stated purpose to express appreciation and gratitude to members of the clergy and faith communities and conduct an annual gathering at the capitol during the legislative session; and
WHEREAS, Georgia is most fortunate to have a very diverse community of religious faiths represented in its local communities throughout this great state; and
WHEREAS, the spiritual leaders of these various faiths provide tremendous comfort, hope, support, and joy to individuals and families as they proceed through life, helping them to find God's direction for the road ahead; and
WHEREAS, through their teachings the clergy have inspired spiritual understanding and peace to persons from all walks of life and for generations reached out to nurture persons in need of refuge and support along life's journey; and
WHEREAS, great religious leaders have ministered to Georgia's communities, actively promoting improved community relations among its people and personally demonstrating their steadfast commitment to social justice for all Georgians; and
WHEREAS, for each house of worship, its leader guides his flock, like the shepherd his sheep, through prayer as his own supplication to God for guidance and through the faithful prayers of those under his leadership; and
WHEREAS, we owe a depth of gratitude to those who faithfully serve God and His people as dedicated and honorable ministers to their communities, often neglecting their own personal needs to give us guidance and comfort, in good times and in trials; and
WHEREAS, in his letter to the church at Thessalonica, Paul instructed the people "to know them who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake," such wise words having application to all faiths as it is incumbent upon all of us to acknowledge the great deeds and sacrifices of our ministers and to express our deepest appreciation for their service.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES that the members of this body commend Georgia's clergy for their community leadership; recognize March 14, 2011, as the tenth annual Clergy Day at the Georgia State Capitol; and invite devout leaders of the clergy to be recognized by the House of Representatives at a date and time to be designated by the Speaker of the House of Representatives.